If you were to ask me when I became a writer, I'd have to say that I started as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. I have always loved to write, and in elementary school, I'd create all sorts of poems and elaborates stories. When I was in junior high, I thought I'd try my hand at writing a novel (ha!). I got about 60 pages into it and decided to hold off until I was older.
In college, I studied to become a teacher. I taught for seven years and filled my classroom shelves with thousands of books. Reading to my students was my favorite part of the day, and the more books I read, the more I wanted to write.
When I had my son in 2004, I decided to leave my teaching position to care for him. Being home gave me the opportunity to write, and I started on the path to fulfilling my lifelong dream. In 2005, I sold my first piece of writing. It was a short poem that was published by Wee Ones Magazine.
Once I received that acceptance, I knew I had to keep on writing. In the fall of 2005, I joined SCBWI and two fabulous critique groups: the Poets' Garage and The Prose Shop. I learned so much from my critique partners and made some wonderful friends in the process.
I am now published in numerous magazines, as well as many books. I have lots more ideas tucked in the corners of my mind, and hopefully, they'll soon find their way onto the printed page.
In addition to writing, I have gone back to teaching full-time. I also enjoy reading, photography, hiking, horseback riding, camping, gardening, cooking, and the loads of adventures I have with my family and our dog, Luna (that's her on the right).
I love quotes. I enjoy all kinds of quotes, but especially those about writing. Here are some of my favorites:
"If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster."
~ Isaac Asimov
"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
~ Mark Twain
"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators."
~ Olin Miller
"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet."
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."